String a Slide Bracelet
We will gladly add the slides purchased from us to your slide bracelet at no charge, simply
send your slides and/or bracelets to us properly insured. There is no charge for shipping your
completed bracelet back to you. To string your own slides, follow the directions below for the
Tools and Materials Needed:
- 1 or 2 pair of small needle nose pliers to open and close split rings
or jump rings that attach chain to bracelet.
- Pointed Tweesers to stuff cork (thin sheet found at hobby stores) or
foam (decorator pillow foam) into slide, to keep slides from moving on the bracelet. Our
No-Slip Beads will keep the slides in place also and is now the most chosen option.
- Small Paper Clip, Stiff Wire or Pearl String Wire to attach to chain
when pulling through the slide holes.
- Scissors to cut cork or foam into small strips for stuffing
Open Split Rings or Jump Rings (illustration 1) that attach the slide chains to the clasp and
remove the rings from the chain.
- There are 2 types rings we and most others use to attach chains to
- Split Rings are similar to a key ring and the loop at the end of
the slide bracelet chain is glided onto them, similar to adding a key to a keyring.
- Jump Rings are simply a ring with a cut or slit in it and are
opened by twisting them open (do not pull open).
Glide Slide and Beads onto the bracelet chains.
*There are 2 ways to glide the bracelet slides and beads onto the chains:
- Suggested Method - Using No-Slip Beads - when using the No-Slip Beads,
simply glide the chain through the holes in the slide and beads and go to Step 3.
- Traditional Method - Using Cork or Stuffing Material - when using cork
or stuffing material follow these steps:
- Corking slides with cork or cushion material - Cut the cork or
cushion material into thin strips and stuff into the holes in the slide bracelet until
moderately tight inside.
- Use a Paper Clip by bending it straight and curling the end into a
small loop (it can be filed down to a very small hook) and hook the end to the loop on the
end of the chain, or use Bead String Wire by looping the wire throught the loop at the end
of the chain and securing it by twisting lightly.
- Push a straight paper clip or stiff object through the stuffing to
open a pathway between the holes on each side of the bracelet slide.
- Insert the Paper Clip or Wire into the slide and pull the chain
through (Illustration 1).
- Repeat this process for each bracelet slide and slide bracelet
Straighten Slides across the chains and re-attach to rings on each end.
- Using Split Rings glide the chains and clasp onto the ring similar to
adding a key to a key ring.
- Using Jump Rings twist closed if twisted open and ensure the ends meet
tightly and are lined up.